3 Important Points to Keep In Mind When Shopping for a Reversing Camera System

Most new cars and trucks that are available in the market are fitted with built-in reversing cameras. This is in line with the commitment of the industry to help promote safety on the road through the installation and use of safety equipment and driver aids. But if you have an older car and you also want to improve visibility, then the next best thing that you can do is to purchase aftermarket reversing cameras. These are already standards in most vehicles, which means that these are now cheaper and readily available in the market. While these aftermarket parts are popular, it’s not recommended that you simply order one without thinking about your choice. There are critical things to keep in mind when shopping for reversing cameras, and the following points should be strongly considered.

PPA 7” Reversing Mirror & 1 Camera SystemVisibility

The main design purpose of a reversing camera is to provide drivers and the operator a complete view of the rear and surroundings. With this in mind, you will need to look for a reversing camera that can offer you with wider field of view, at least with a 110-degree scope of view. If you are lucky, you can also find cameras that can offer a 170-degree scope of view. A larger field of view is always recommended, but you should also keep in mind other things like camera angle and how well you can see behind the car. This can be improved by ordering kits with multiple cameras that can be mounted in different parts of the vehicle.

Night Vision-capable

Another critical factor to consider is the camera’s night vision capability. Visibility drops further at night, and this is a critical problem for drivers and operators of heavy equipment and vehicles that need to work round the clock. Some of the leading backup cams in the market use infrared LED to light up the area behind the vehicle, on top of the lighting from the tail lights. During this time, you will have a smaller field of view, but it’s better than than nothing.


Reversing camera systems should be ready for all-weather conditions. In fact, this should be a primary consideration if you plan to install the camera systems in highly demanding work situations like the construction or the mining industry. Most high-quality reversing cameras out in the market come with IP ratings with two numbers. The first critical number should be 6, which means that the devices should be protected from dust. The second number is its water rating, which should be at least 3, a rating for heavy rain. Experts recommend a second rating of at least 6, which means its rated for high-pressure water from different directions. For example, most of the reversing camera from PPA Car Audio is rated IP67, which means that these are ready even for the most demanding situations.

When these requirements are covered, it’s easier to find aftermarket reversing camera systems that can work for your car. As a safety product and reversing aid, cameras should be carefully chosen, and focusing on these features will be a great start.